The Nocturnal Bandit

Physical Description

The raccoon is a very interesting looking animal with unique characteristics. Some of the features of the raccoon include fur and has 4 legs. Their weight varies from 4 to 23 pounds. They can be as long as 23 to 37 inches, or around 2 to 3 feet. Their fur is a mixture of gray, black, and white. They also have a "mask" which makes them look like bandits. They have tails with black rings, and black eyes. Raccoons travel by crawling along the ground or climbing trees. They also have sharp teeth and claws.


A raccoon can choose its home almost anywhere. For example, it can live in a hole in a tree, your attic, or even in an old log. From there, a raccoon will raise cubs and wait until they can explore on their own. Their first habitat will most likely be in a hole high up in a tree to avoid danger, and then move down when the cubs are older and more able. They will most likely live in a area where food and water are readily available, and where predators are unable to get to.

Basic needs and behaviors

Raccoons are omnivores, and will eat almost anything. They can eat crayfish, frogs, mice, insects, and eggs. They eat plants and fruit as well. They also steal food from humans' gardens, and will also eat the garbage in garbage cans. In a food chain, the raccoon is located in the middle, because they would eat primary consumers like insects, while tertiary consumers like alligators will eat a raccoon. If a raccoon ever has to defend itself, they would use their sharp claws and teeth to bite and scratch their enemy. Raccoons are not endangered, and will most likely never be extinct or threatened.

Interesting facts

The raccoon's scientific name is Procyon lotor. Their Latin name means "washer dog" which is very interesting. Raccoons have hands similar to humans that can untie laces and unlatch cages. Raccoons have more of a chance to get killed by a car or train, then by a predator. Another fun fact is when raccoons run, they are able to reach a speed of 15 miles an hour. Raccoons are also known for carrying diseases that will kill a human if it ever spread to him/her.


In conclusion, there are many things raccoons can do, and there are many facts about them. They are intelligent and clever, and one of the most interesting animals I know.


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